DIY Woven Felt Basket with Leather Handles

Date
Dec, 14, 2016

I love our monthly challenges because they always push me to create something that I probably wouldn’t have thought of on my own. This month we are all working with felt, and I was totally stumped on what to make. I thought about making something for Eloise like a cute little bow or booties but decided I wanted to make something more substantial and practical that I would actually use. It took a lot of brainstorming, pinteresting and talking to my bloggy friends, but I finally decided to make this DIY Woven Felt Basket with Leather Handles.

DIY WOVEN FELT BASKET WITH LEATHER HANDLES

DIY Woven Felt Basket

MATERIALS

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:: felt by the yard in your color of choice
:: hot glue gun
:: basket
:: leather
:: gold screw posts

Transforming Old Basket

I found my basket at HomeGoods for $10. You can use really any basket or crate you like as long as all the sides are flat. I got my felt by the yard at Hobby Lobby.

STEP 1

Measure the length around the entire basket and cut multiple strips that are about 2″ wide.

Cutting Felt Strips

STEP 2

Using your hot glue gun, start in the middle of the “back” of your basket at the top and glue a strip to the basket. Make sure to only glue at the corners so the felt is loose on all the flat sides. Repeat until you get to the bottom.

Woven Felt Bakset DIY

Weaving Felt for Basket

STEP 3

Cut more strips that you will use to “weave” through the existing felt strips on the basket. These will be shorter and thinner (maybe about 1.5″ wide). Start in a corner on the left and weave your felt through by going over and under until you get to the bottom. When you do the next piece, start opposite of the one before. Repeat until you’ve done the whole basket.

DIY Woven Basket

DIY Woven Felt Basket

STEP 4

Fold your pieces over the top and bottom of the basket and trim if necessary, then use your glue gun to glue them down.

Gluing Down Woven Felt Strips

STEP 5

I didn’t care what the bottom looked like because no one would ever see it, but I didn’t like how the inside top looked. I decided to cut a big piece of felt to glue around the entire inside so it looked more seamless.

DIY Modern Woven Basket with Leather Handles

DIY Felt Storage Basket

STEP 6

Now you could totally leave it like this, but I wanted to add some leather handles. Cut two pieces of leather the length you want your handles.

DIY leather Handles

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STEP 7

To get the gold screw posts in, I used some small sharp scissors to start a hole.

Making Leather Handles For Woven Basket

Woven Basket with Leather Handles

Woven Basket Handles

STEP 8

Now making the hole in the basket was a little trickier. If I did this again, I would probably make the hole in the basket first, before gluing all the felt to it. It was a bit challenging but I used a hammer and a nail to get the hole started and then used my scissors to make it bigger. Just make sure you don’t hammer your nail into the ground 😉

Once your hole is big enough, just insert your posts and screw them together. And you’ve got some pretty leather handles!

Woven Basket With leather Handles DIY

I love the addition of the handles and the little gold accent ties in with the rest of the room perfectly.

Woven Basket with Leather Handles

Now we have the perfect little basket to throw all our winter stuff like hats and gloves that we use regularly. And once the cold weather goes away I’m sure I’ll find another use for it here. I might even need to make a couple more 😉

Felt Basket DIY

DIY Woven Felt Basket with DIY Leather Handles

Don’t you love when a project turns out even better than you expected?

Don’t forget to check out all the rest of the felt projects below!

DIY Woven Felt Basket With Leather Handles

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9 Comments

  1. Reply

    handcrafts

    October 15, 2018

    Nice work !Helpful diy tutorial.

  2. Reply

    Mike

    January 5, 2017

    Wow! This is very inspiring. I love how it looks differently now. It’s wonderful. Thank you for sharing this. Will surely try this on one with my boxes. 🙂

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 12, 2017

      Thank you so much Mike, glad you like it!

  3. Reply

    Bre @ Average But Inspired

    December 16, 2016

    WOW! This was a really smart way to make this! I love it, and it is totally “Bre.” 🙂

  4. Reply

    Brittany

    December 15, 2016

    Amazing! I’m patiently awaiting the bench tutorial to do in my entryway 🙂

  5. Reply

    Erica @ Dwell Beautiful

    December 14, 2016

    Oh this is too cute! Looks exactly like something you could get from a high end store. And it works so perfectly in your laundry room! Can I just go live in that space, please??

  6. Reply

    Cristy @ W. Collective Interiors

    December 14, 2016

    I love this! I have a basket like this I bought from target, but they only came in one color. So this would be a great solution if I want to add more in different colors.

  7. Reply

    Amy | Canary Street

    December 14, 2016

    This is gorgeous, Bre! I have some baskets in my closet that I’ve had for ages and the original fabric is hideous. I’m stealing this idea to update them :).

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